Action Figures & Their Beers - Once in a . . .

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2012-08-21, 12:28:22

BLUE MOON

Good grief! The Americans are exporting more craft beers! About damn time. You can keep your damn anti-werewolf ammo and pretenders-to-the-throne of beers. Give us more like this, crafted with care and deliberation!

This is a fairly direct action figure connection, for a nice change. You see, the Unicron toys that have so far been released have all come with a spherical little Mini-Con called Dead End (except the most recent release, where the spherical Mini-Con is called Kranix). When Unicron is in planet mode, Dead End can turn into a small orbiting satellite, or moon, if you will. And the nifty really freakin’ evil-looking black-and-orange “Energon Reboot” Unicron came with a largely pale-blue Dead End repaint. Which makes him a Blue Moon.

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According to the label, this is “A refreshing unfiltered wheat beer brewed and spiced in the Belgian tradition for a uniquely complex taste & an uncommonly smooth finish.” It’s also brewed with oats, orange peel, and coriander. As it’s unfiltered, it looks like stale urine from someone with a bad bladder infection. Smell-wise, the oats and coriander make for an unusual, but not unpleasant aroma. It’s 5.4% ABV, which is just slightly more alcoholic than average beer potency. Which got me to thinking . . . how the Hell would this stuff taste? The answer is: surprisingly mellow and smooth, with no bitter aftertaste at all. As it warms up a bit from ice-cold, you can taste the oats and orange peel a bit more. The coriander is a mere hint, barely detectable. Most of all, it tastes almost exactly like beer biscuits. (More on beer biscuits, including the recipe, in the Series Finale!) Also, according to my buddy, Wildman, this stuff goes very well with burritos; it’s one of his top go-to beers when partaking of Mexican food.

And here’s what’s even stranger than the brewers using a herb* normally consigned to pasta sauces and salsa verde to make beer: the Coloradoan Blue Moon Brewing Co. has its flagship brew imported to the UK by none other than fellow Rocky Mountain brewer Coors. Yes! Coors is responsible for bringing us a pleasant and drinkable beer!

* To quote comedian / actor Eddie Izzard on the subject of American vs. English pronunciations: “You say ‘’erb,’ we say ‘herb’ . . . because there’s a £*%#ing ‘H’ in it.” I also learned another fascinating (to me, anyway) cross-cultural lesson in food. Namely, the herb you Americans call coriander is the dried-out version of the plant you call cilantro. While here in Britain, both dried and fresh versions of the herb are called coriander . . . because they’re the same £*%#ing plant.

Drink this if you also like: Beachcomber, Old Moggie, any other smooth, mellow microbrews with no bitter aftertaste, excellent American beer.





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